On Faith & Belief – Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart discusses the difference between faith and belief. When authentic faith is established, it is possible to see the underlying truth in religious texts.

Eckhart Tolle on Faith and Not Caring about Your Opinions (Recommended – Part 1)

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Published on Sep 8, 2017
Eckhart Tolle on Faith and Not Caring about Your Opinions (Recommended – Part 1)

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein (Author)


#1 New York Times Bestseller!

In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.

Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.

Gabrielle says, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.”

When readers follow this path, they’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through them. They will find strength when they are down, synchronicity and support when they’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when they are otherwise in pain. Follow the secrets revealed in this book to unleash the presence of your power and know always that The Universe Has Your Back.

Gabrielle is the New York Times best-selling author of May Cause Miracles. She appears regularly as an expert on NBC’s Today Show, has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next-generation thought leader, and was named “a new role model” by the New York Times. She is also the author of the books Add More ~ing to Your Life, Spirit Junkie and her newest book Miracles Now. Gabrielle is the founder HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect.

Youtube named Gabrielle one of 16 Youtube Next Video Bloggers, she was named one of Mashable’s 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration and she’s featured on the Forbes List of 20 Best Branded Women. Gabrielle has a monthly segment on the Today show and weekly radio show on Hay House Radio. She has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, ELLE, OWN, Kathy Lee & Hoda, Oprah Radio, Anderson Live, Access Hollywood, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamor, The New York Times Thursday Styles, Sunday Times UK, featured on the cover Experience Life and Self-Made Magazines (top 50 Women in Business) and many more.

For gabrielle’s free videos and meditations visit http://gabbyb.tv/. Check out Gabrielle’s latest release: the Spirit Junkie Alarm App: http://gabbyb.tv/spirit-junkie-app

Rabbi Rami Shapiro: Help! I’m Being Threatened with Hell

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

I’m being hounded by evangelicals calling me a sinner and threatening me with Hell. How can I make them stop?

Rabbi Rami: If you politely ask them to leave you alone, and they persist, I suggest deepening the conversation by asking them questions like these: “The God I know loves unconditionally, but yours loves only those who agree with you. Why would I believe in a God who is nothing more than an extension of your ego?” and “For all your insistence that God is love, all your talk is about eternal damnation and Hell. Why do you believe in a God who scares you so?” Tell them the best way to interest you in their faith is to live a life so filled with compassion and love that you are compelled to ask how they achieve it. Living their faith well is more powerful than talking about it endlessly.

What do you make of Ark Encounter, the new Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky?

Two thousand years ago Rabbi Ben Bag Bag said, “turn her and turn her for everything is in her” (Pirke Avot 5:19). The “her” is Torah, the Five Books of Moses. Turning Torah is an act of literary creativity and spiritual imagination that continually finds new meanings in this ancient and multilayered text. Ark Encounter flattens the Bible into a one-dimensional cartoon incapable of turning. This is an insult to the Bible, and anyone who loves her should be saddened by what has been done to her.

Like you, I’m Jewish, but I’m not religious. What is your relationship to the religion of Judaism?

Jews are my tribe. Judaism is my culture. But my religion is Perennial Wisdom, a set of four truths found in all religions:

1. All life is a manifesting of a singular process (call it God, Tao, Brahman, Allah, HaShem, Great Spirit, Nature, Mother, etc.).
2. We humans have an innate capacity to realize this process.
3. Living this realization means embracing all beings with justice and compassion.
4 Achieving this realization and the life it engenders is the highest human calling.

I am drawn to those Jewish texts, teachings, and practices that reflect Perennial Wisdom; I am uninterested in those that don’t.

I’m an atheist (there—I said it!), but I’m also partial to Buddhism. Is there such a thing as Buddhist atheism, Buddhism without supernaturalism?

In his very first sermon the Buddha said, “I teach one thing and one thing only: suffering and the ending of suffering.” Original Buddhism was a-theistic, without a God. As Buddhism spread across cultures it absorbed ideas from those cultures, and it developed a variety of supernatural notions about which the Buddha himself knew nothing. Two books might be of help to you: Stephen Bachelor’s Buddhism Without Beliefs and Walpola Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught.

What’s the difference between organized religion and faith, and which of these does the Bible support?

Organized religion is a system of ritual and belief governed by a clerical elite whose primary concern is to maintain power and control over the religious. Faith is the innate human capacity to awaken to and engage directly with Reality manifesting in, with, and as all things. The Bible supports both. When the Bible divides people into Chosen and not Chosen (Deuteronomy 7:6), sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31–33), the saved and the damned (Mark 16:16) it is laying the groundwork for organized religion. When God calls us to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3), and when Jesus calls us to follow him rather than worship him (Matthew 16:24), the Bible is speaking of faith. Religion is the easier of the two. Faith the more desperately needed.

I can’t believe that we human beings with all our complexity and genius just come to an end. Don’t you think we must survive death if our lives are to have any meaning?

I don’t think our lives have meaning, I think living is about making meaning. In your way of thinking meaning is dependent upon dying. My way is different: live meaningfully now, and worry about the afterlife only if you find yourself living in one.

My neighbor blames hurricanes, tornadoes, and droughts on God’s hatred of gay people, and yet she said nothing regarding the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. This was clearly an attack on gay people done in the name of God. Why is she silent?

Here are two possible reasons: First, chances are the God invoked by the Orlando shooter is not the God invoked by your neighbor, and while both Gods may hate gay people, supporters of each are loathe to credit the other in these matters. Second, invoking God to explain natural disasters is very different from imagining God sending a terrorist as a servant of his wrath to murder 49 innocents. This probably makes God more evil than even your neighbor can handle.

I’m impressed that almost every religion believes in Hell. Does this prove Hell exists?

No, it only proves that religious leaders are good marketers. Religions, or rather certain kinds of religion, use Hell the way toothpaste companies use halitosis, and deodorant companies use body odor: to scare you into buying their product. The fact that each religion reserves Hell for those who violate its particular set of sacred behaviors and beliefs, and not those who violate the beliefs of other religions, suggests that each religion uses Hell for its own benefit. Rather than worry about Hell, do something to make earth a bit more heavenly.
One For The Road

I belong to a very liberal church, and when it comes to religion it is a perfect fit. But politically I am conservative and plan to vote for “He Who Cannot Be Named” (at least not in my church). I’m feeling very isolated, as if I shouldn’t be a member here if I can conceive of voting for him. How can I share my whole life with my church family if I’m judged so harshly?

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Sam Harris – The End of Faith [updated July 12 2015]


The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated….Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say.”—Natalie Angier, ?New York Times

In The End of Faith, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs—even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic. Winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His latest book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, will be published 9/9/14.

Mr. Harris’s writing has been published in more than 15 languages. His work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.

Mr. Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World by Michael Dowd (Author) [Updated June 15, 2015]

Finally, the war between science and religion is over. The winner? All of us. With supporters from an incredibly wide spectrum of backgrounds and beliefs, including five Nobel laureates, Thank God for Evolution! builds bridges, provides guidance, and restores realistic hope for humanity and the body of life as a whole.

A movement has been growing over the past few decades that takes our common creation story — the epic of cosmic, biological, and human evolution revealed by science — as the basis for a meaningful view of our place in the universe. Reverend Michael Dowd, America’s evolutionary evangelist, is at the forefront of this movement. This well informed, thoroughly researched, and inspired book proclaims a gospel billions of years old.

Thank God for Evolution! presents in a lively and accessible manner the reasons why it is now possible to view evolution as a divine process; how current science shows that evolution is not meaningless blind chance; practical methods for using evolutionary insights to achieve greater personal fulfillment and thriving relationships; and how aligning with evolutionary trends can guide activists and others hoping to make our world a better place. As a Christian minister, Dowd especially addresses the concerns that Christians have about evolution, but this book contains insights that will appeal to people of all faiths and of no faith. Fun and uplifting, Thank God for Evolution! goes beyond the current debate to offer up a whole new way of thinking about science, religion, and the meaning and purpose of our lives.

In THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION, Dowd delivers what is surely the central message of our time: “Reality is God and evidence is scripture. If we don’t come into right relationship with Reality soon, we will perish.” He invites people of every faith, and none at all, to passionately participate in the next great epoch in the emergence of consciousness and culture.

Reverend Michael Dowd is one of the most inspiring speakers in America today. For the past 12 years he and his wife, Connie Barlow, a noted science writer, have lived permanently on the road sharing a sacred view of evolution with nearly two thousand religious and secular audiences of all ages, as America’s evolutionary evangelists. At home in both conservative and liberal settings, and uniquely gifted at building bridges between believers and nonbelievers, Michael is passionate about sharing the 14-billion-year epic of evolution in ways that uplift and expand heart, mind, and soul.

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Why we struggle now: Michael Dowd at TEDxGrandRapids

The world’s faith traditions offer conflicting beliefs about our inner and outer nature, and our challenges. Fortunately, a knowledge-based view of reality is emerging, which is inspiring and uniting people across the globe. Rev. Michael Dowd sees scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence as modern-day scripture. He celebrates how a meaningful and fully evidential understanding of human nature is motivating people of all backgrounds and beliefs to live in integrity and to cooperate in service of a just and thriving future for all.

Reality reconciles science and religion: Michael Dowd at TEDxGrandRapids

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Published on Jun 15, 2015

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Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary theologian and pro-future evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. His bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science-writer wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to more than two thousand groups across North America since 2002.

Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. In 2010 he interviewed 38 Christian leaders across the theological spectrum, all of whom embrace an ecological, evolutionary worldview and are committed to a healthy future, as part of a series, titled, “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity.” Most recently, he interviewed 55 experts on climate change, peak oil, and sustainability, as part of an online conversation series, titled, The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness.

Dowd’s passion for proclaiming a pro-science message of inspiration — what he calls “the Gospel of Right Relationship to Reality” — has earned him the moniker ‘Reverend Reality’ as he speaks prophetically in secular and religious settings alike about the generational evil of anti-future / anti-Christian policies and the necessity of co-creating a just, healthy, and sustainably life-giving future for humanity and the larger body of life. Websites: http://MichaelDowd.org and http://TheGreatStory.org Huffington Post blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-mic… Evolutionary Christianity blog: http://evolutionarychristianity.com/b… Facebook pages: facebook.com/RevMichaelDowd and facebook.com/reverendreality

Key quote: “God is reality with a personality, not a person outside reality. If you don’t get personification, you can’t possibly understand the world’s myths and religions — and you’ll surely miss what God is telling us today through scientific evidence. Few things matter more than this in a world of ecological degradation and climate chaos. Anyone who doubts this need only watch one or two of the Hollywood star-studded ”Nature Is Speaking” videos that have gone viral in recent months.” ~ Rev. Michael Dowd

Suggested readings: Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, by William R. Catton Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush: The Best of The Archdruid Report, by John Michael Greer Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, by Michael Dowd This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein

Interview conducted 6/13/2015

Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason With Pema Chodron – Part 1 to Part 3

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Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason With Pema Chodron – Part 2

Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason With Pema Chodron – Part 3

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong (Author)

From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence.

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness—something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity’s Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism—in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred.

In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name.

Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different creeds in our time.

At a moment of rising geopolitical chaos, the imperative of mutual understanding between nations and faith communities has never been more urgent, the dangers of action based on misunderstanding never greater. Informed by Armstrong’s sweeping erudition and personal commitment to the promotion of compassion, Fields of Blood makes vividly clear that religion is not the problem.

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs-including A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation-and two memoirs, Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase.

Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. She has addressed members of the U.S. Congress on three occasions; lectured to policy makers at the U.S. State Department; participated in the World Economic Forum in New York, Jordan, and Davos; addressed the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and New York; is increasingly invited to speak in Muslim countries; and is now an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. In February 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and is currently working with TED on a major international project to launch and propagate a Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public and crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, to be signed in the fall of 2009 by a thousand religious and secular leaders. She lives in London.

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Karen Armstrong “Fields of Blood”

In her latest comparative study, Fields of Blood, Armstrong, one of today’s leading historians of religion, and author of The Case for God, considers the roles violence has played in different faiths. Tracing the roots of Crusades, Jihads, and various non-violent practices, Armstrong looks back to humanity’s earliest societies and shows how notions of the sacred were accommodated to or supplanted the warrior ethos.

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Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within ~ Karen Hering [ Updated March 23, 2014 ]

Pub Date Nov 5 2013

Through the power of everyday words, find and deepen your connection with faith and self in the spiritual practice of writing.

Have you ever sought to wake that still, small voice within—the voice that gives expression to your greatest hopes, fears, dreams, and sorrows? Through the intersection of poetry and story, metaphor and mediation, history and culture, you have the power to.

Perfect for today’s spiritual seeker, Writing to Wake the Soul provides inspiration, practical guidance, and content-rich prompts to help you articulate and explore the difficult questions of our time. Its elegant narrative invites you to use words as a way to journey into a greater intimacy with your faith, your soul, and your relationship to the world. Whether you’re a theist or atheist, agnostic or church-goer, accomplished writer or even a non-writer, this guide offers a thoughtful reflection on the enormous transformative power of words in our everyday lives.

Featuring exercises for meditation, contemplation, and gentle self-examination, along with writing prompts on a wide spectrum of theological themes and spiritual practices, Writing to Wake the Soul will help you develop a greater connection to that voice, to the inner self, and to the timeless wisdom deep within you.

Karen Hering is a writer and ordained Unitarian minister. Her emerging ministry of poetry and story, Faithful Words, offers programs that engage writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for social action. Her writing has been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including the Amoskeag literary journal, the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), and Creative Transformation. She serves as a consulting literary minister in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Interview with Karen Hering

Reflections ~ Tom Ferguson

Reflections is a collection of insightful and well written essays that blends the wisdom of ancient scriptural verses with a modern perspective on psychology, spirituality and relationships. The result is a set of captivating and easy-to-read missives that encourages us to rethink our assumptions about some of life’s most profound mysteries.

I suspect you’ll notice a common theme throughout the essays. Specifically that the ultimate human potential is personal happiness, and that spiritual growth holds the key to that elusive goal. Thus, in a sense, Reflections offer insights into where happiness comes from, where it does not come from, what we’re doing to prevent happiness in our lives and how we might change that.

While author, Tom Ferguson, frequently uses scripture verses from the New Testament or other sources as a spring-board for reflection, it’s clear he is not promoting any particular religious tradition. Quite the contrary, Reflections seeks to transcend any specific religious tradition in search of a more unifying dimension of spirituality. The essays are in no particular order, so if a particular chapter strikes a chord with you or piques your interest you may want to start there and see where the reading leads you.

Tom Ferguson was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1962. In his mid-teens he became fascinated by the subject of happiness and became an avid reader and writer on the topic in the years since. His first book, Reflections, began as a series of emails and essays written to friends with whom he shared a passion for philosophy and spirituality. From there it transformed into a blog and ultimately evolved into an e-book with the encouragement of blog subscribers, friends and family members who found his missives both insightful and entertaining. Since early childhood he has lived in Colorado Springs, CO where he enjoys running, wellness, meditation …. and happiness.

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Awakening: How America Can Turn from Economic and Moral Destruction Back to Greatness by Ralph Reed

Available March 18, 2014

Are we watching our nation commit suicide? Is America, like a modern-day Roman Empire, doomed to moral decay and demise?

In his new book, Awakening: How America Can Turn from Economic and Moral Destruction to God’s Blessing, Ralph Reed reveals how the United States has abandoned its founding principles and spiritual heritage. Yet Reed, adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaigns and former executive director of the Christian Coalition, believes better days are ahead for our nation. This book, featuring practical action points and a bold pro-family plan, provides a road map we can follow to restore America back to God’s blessing.

Find out how to re-energize our call to effective citizenship and revive America’s core values of faith, personal responsibility, and liberty. As the 2014 election cycle approaches, Awakening is a timely plea for people of faith to spark a spiritual and moral awakening that will reverse the cycle of destruction, renew our country, and see God heal our land.
Ralph Reed is founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. He was senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaigns in both 2000 and 2004, and chairman of the Southeast Region for BC04. As chairman of the Georgia Republican Party he led the GOP to its biggest victory in history, helping to elect the first Republican Governor and third U.S. Senator since Reconstruction. Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, LLC, a public relations and public affairs firm. As executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1989—1997, he built one of the most effective public policy organizations in recent political history. He is the best-selling author and editor of five books. He and his wife, Jo Anne, live near Atlanta, Georgia. They have four children.

Ralph Reed on Meet the Press

Ralph Reed, the Founder and Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, joins the Round Table on Meet the Press.

Dr Denis Alexander: ‘Science and Faith in 2007 – Where are we now?’


Dr Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Dr Alexander was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Prior to that Dr Alexander was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. Dr Alexander was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

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No Problem: Turning the Next Corner in Your Spiritual Life Robert J. Wicks

With total book sales of more than 200,000 copies, spiritual teacher Robert J. Wicks brings his characteristic warmth and insight to his newest book, No Problem: Turning the Next Corner in Your Spiritual Life, an “inner workshop” for the soul. He shows readers that personal transformation is attainable through a simple, day-by-day process of identifying and turning the next corner of his or her spiritual life.

For Robert Wicks, forward motion in the spiritual life is “no problem.” All it takes is the right perspective and a little bit of knowledge—both of which he provides through his book’s three-part structure: twenty lessons, three doorways, and thirty daily exercises. Wicks’s twenty lessons are bite-sized and practical, and he shows how the two great commandments (love God, love others) and the parable of the Good Samaritan form doorways to spiritual riches. In part three, Wicks provides the tools and coaching for readers to conduct their own inner workshops. In these thirty spiritual exercises, Wicks invites his readers to acknowledge, accept, and start where they are, employing simple practices and assuring that God’s grace will carry them around the next spiritual corner.
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Robert J. Wicks’s books with Ave Maria Press/Sorin Books have sold more than 200,000 copies.
Readers who feel stuck in their spiritual lives will find a variety of helpful suggestions for moving forward.
Wicks has published more than forty books. Among his recent popular books are Riding the Dragon (lifetime sales of more than 50,000 copies) and Crossing the Desert (lifetime sales of more than 18,000 copies).
Robert J. Wicks, who received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, is on the faculty of Loyola University Maryland. Wicks has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing, and theology. He was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers following the Rwandan civil war and also worked with relief teams in Cambodia. Additionally, he delivered presentations at Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals involved in caring for Iraqi war veterans with amputations and severe head injuries. He has authored more than fifty books, including Streams of Contentment and Riding the Dragon.
Robert J. Wicks discusses his latest book, “Streams of Contentment”

Robert J. Wicks, Psy.D., professor of pastoral counseling at Loyola University Maryland, talks about his latest book, “Streams of Contentment.” Wicks offers readers a simple prescription for finding contentment: have low expectations and high hopes, recognize that a little silence and solitude is no small thing, and discover the surprising power of humility.

The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors?

Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level. Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is “to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from “dedicated intellectual endeavor” and a “compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood.”

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs—including A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation—and two memoirs, Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. She has addressed members of the U.S. Congress on three occasions; lectured to policy makers at the U.S. State Department; participated in the World Economic Forum in New York, Jordan, and Davos; addressed the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and New York; is increasingly invited to speak in Muslim countries; and is now an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

In February 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and recently launched with TED a Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public and crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion. She lives in London.

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The Case for God: Karen Armstrong at St Paul’s Cathedral

Karen Armstrong, acclaimed author and religious scholar, speaks at St Paul’s Cathedral on the topic of her book The Case for God as part of the St Paul’s Forum autumn series of events.

Beyond the Here and Now: Thriving in the Age of Change ~ Lucy O’Hagan

Publication Date: October 2013

Beyond the Here & Now is an account of how we have come to be where we are now, in the modern era. In explaining the things that have not served us well we can uncover how to put them right in order, if we choose, to bring about a way of experiencing this world, and each other, as never before. No need for great blind leaps of faith or trickery, as the book demonstrates, everything we need is already at hand. We must now apply what we inherently know and this book explains how.
Lucy O’Hagan resides in Co. Wicklow, Ireland occupying a senior post with the Health Services Executive. She has traveled extensively expanding her knowledge and practical application of many Eastern philosophical teachings and healing practices. Marrying these experiences with her background and qualifications in Western allopathic medical fields has allowed Lucy to share the resulting wisdoms with others.

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Finding Faith and Spirituality in the 21st Century

Finding Faith and Spirituality in the 21st Century

Julian Guthrie, Journalist, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, The Grace of Everyday Saints
Michael Krasny, Ph.D, KQED Radio Host; Author, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest
Rabbi Stephen Pearce, D.D., Ph.D., Senior Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco
Bishop William Swing, President and Founder, United Religions Initiative; Episcopal Bishop of California, 1980-2006
Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus, Grace Cathedral – Moderator

A panel of provocative thinkers and leaders of San Francisco’s interfaith community will discuss the role faith and the sacred play in modern society. Is the faith found in nature any less or more powerful than faith felt in a house of worship? Can communities save us when hierarchies fail? Must a religious community depend on a physical structure for its reality? In this eye-opening conversation, an esteemed group of panelists will shed light on what it means to have faith in the 21st century, as well as push us to rethink what we hold as truly sacred in our own lives.

The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good by Peter Georgescu

We need more goodness now.

We live in a most challenging time. Many of us struggle, emotionally, ethically, and spiritually. We seem headed toward less compassion and consideration, failing to overcome that basic instinct that often leads to evil in human behavior–self-preservation at all costs. Yet within each of us a new future is stirring. We can become better people and build a better world by opting for good over evil–one choice at a time.

In The Constant Choice, Peter Georgescu offers a gripping narrative of his journey from childhood captivity in a Romanian labor camp to his role as CEO of the world-renowned advertising agency Young & Rubicam. His traumatic youth–his parents’ exile from their homeland, his grandfather’s murder in prison, his neighbors’ betrayal of one another–led to a lifelong struggle to grasp humanity’s moral nature. Despite his conviction when he arrived on American soil that he had reached the land of the good, he discovered a more subtle evil at work all around him. Yet he also thrived through the generosity of one benefactor after another. Goodness, he found, isn’t inherent; it evolves from daily choice.

Through decades of reflection on human behavior, as well as philosophical and spiritual exploration, Peter arrived at a new perspective on the significance of our habitual choices. Every decision we make alters our biological nature, for better or worse–a model that has been confirmed by recent science.

The Constant Choice reveals a path for changing who we are and the future of humanity. It’s up to each of us to become activists for good.


Peter A. Georgescu is Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc. and author of “The Constant Choice” and “The Source of Success.” Under Mr. Georgescu’s leadership, Young & Rubicam successfully transformed from a private to a publicly-held company. During his tenure, Young & Rubicam built the most extensive database on global branding and, from its findings, developed a proprietary model for diagnosing and managing brands.

“The Constant Choice” is a remarkable story that transcends memoir or autobiography in favor of a reflective look at an unusual life. Peter Georgescu has chosen to write a ground-breaking book about his unlikely path in business and his own illuminating journey in the world of faith. Georgescu has struggled with the forces of both good and evil, which are often indistinguishable, disguised and difficult to differentiate from one another. His story offers a hope and clarity to those struggling in today’s confusing and frightening world. http://theconstantchoice.com

In 2006, Mr. Georgescu published his first book “The Source of Success” — asserting that personal values and creativity, devoted to creating lasting relationships with individual customers, are the leading drivers of business success in the 21st Century.

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Peter Georgescu Interview with Dr. Michael Wayne

Published on Jun 12, 2013

Interviews with the Leading Edge is an exclusive video series on the Quantum Revolution website, at http://www.quantumrevolution.net. In this segment, Michael Wayne talks with Peter Georgescu, the former CEO and Chairman Emeritus of the advertising agency Young & Rubicam, and author of “The Constant Choice.”

In this inspiring interview, Peter talks about his remarkable life, from his childhood in Romania, where as a child in the 1950’s he was forced by the Soviets to work doing slave labor, to his coming to the U.S. as a teenager and then his rise in the business world. Along the way, Peter’s thoughts and worldview evolved, and he began to clearly see and understand human psychology and why people make choices that either reinforce behavior patterns that harm themselves and others, or make choices that serve the greater good. Peter’s conclusion is that each one of us can make a constant choice to transcend our baser instincts and go towards the good.

Peter Georgescu Speaking on The Constant Choice

Published on May 20, 2013

Peter Georgescu, author of The Constant Choice talks about his book, including his personal story of overcoming evil with good.

Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet (Hardcover) – Deepak Chopra [updated June 13, 2013]

Product Description
Born into the factious world of war-torn Arabia, Muhammad’s life is a gripping and inspiring story of one man’s tireless fight for unity and peace. In a world where greed and injustice ruled, Muhammad created change by affecting hearts and minds. Just as the story of Jesus embodies the message of Christianity, Muhammad’s life reveals the core of Islam. Deepak Chopra shares the life of Muhammad as never before, putting his teachings in a new light. Following the historical record but offering a unique perspective, Chopra shows us why his teachings are more important now than ever before.

This title will be released on September 21, 2010.

Those interested can attend an evening lecture, Q & A and Book signing on Tuesday, September 21, 7-9pm at the New York Open Center. $35 ( Includes Book)

About the Author
Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, a New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Heralded by Time as the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine,” he is also the host of the popular weekly Wellness Radio program on Sirius/XM Stars.

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Deepak Chopra about his new novel on the life of Muhammad

Full interview with Alan Steinfeld and Deepak Chopra about his latest book Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

Einstein’s God Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit ~ Krista Tippett (Author)

Summary of Einstein’s God
Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God. And his famous quip that “God does not play dice with the universe” was a statement about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did leave behind a fascinating, largely forgotten legacy of musings and writings-some serious, some whimsical-about the relationship between science and religion and his own inquisitive reverence for the “order deeply hidden behind everything”. Einstein’s self-described “cosmic religious sense” is intriguingly compatible with twenty-first-century sensibilities. And it is the starting point for Einstein’s God.

Drawn from American Public Media’s extraordinary program Speaking of Faith, the conversations in this profoundly illuminating book explore an emerging interface of inquiry-if not answers-between many fields of science, medicine, theology and philosophy. In her interviews with such luminaries as Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, V. V. Raman, and Mehmet Oz, Krista Tippett draws out the connections between these realms, showing how even those most wedded to hard truths find spiritual enlightenment in the life of experiment and, in turn, raise questions that are richly theologically evocative. Whether she is speaking with celebrated surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland about the biology of the human spirit or questioning Darwin biographer James Moore about his subject’s religious beliefs, Tippett offers a rare look at the way our best minds grapple with the questions for which we all seek answers.

A journalist and former diplomat, Krista Tippett has created, hosted, and produced the popular public radio program Speaking of Faith since it began as an occasional feature in 2000, before taking on its current form as a national weekly program in 2003. She came up with the idea for Speaking of Faith while consulting for the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

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Creationism vs. Darwin [4/4] – Krista Tippett of “Speaking of Faith”

CNN’s Jonathan Mann interviews Krista Tippett, host of “Speaking of Faith,” about the increasing popularity of creationism in the U.S. and asks if Americans have simply lost their senses.

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